Saturday, September 24, 2016

Local Genealogy Workshops and Seminars are Happening in October & November

With this blog/website MCGG tries to keep you informed about not only our own genealogy group's activities but also major genealogy news we think is of interest to you and your research, and the events of other genealogy groups taking place in our area.

Mostly we do this last one by providing the Southeast Michigan Genealogy Events Calendar but with so many events taking place in the next two months we thought to highlight a few.

5th Annual Genealogy Workshop
October 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-registration required, Costs
Hosted by the Lapeer County Genealogy Society, the workshop will be taught by Katherine Wilson  who returns for a second year. The classes (different from last year's) are:
  • They Didn't All Come Thru Ellis Island: Finding and Analyzing Passenger Lists
  • Seeking Dead People: Getting the Most from Cemetery Research Online & In-Person
  • Filling Out Your Family Tree Without Breaking the Bank
  • Writing Down the Bones: Printing Your Family History
Pre-registration is required. Registration Cost (Non-Refundable): $40 before October 20th; or $45 after October 20th. [Groups of 10 signing up together will have each individual's registration reduced by $5 each.] Bring a brown-bag lunch because lunch is just 45 minutes. Workshop sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. that day so everyone will be ready to start at 9 a.m.

MCGG is providing the workshop registration/information here because the Lapeer County Genealogy Society's webpage on the Lapeer County Clerk's website is currently down due to server failure. The society's page has not been restored yet.
For more information on this workshop: contact LCGS through Sharon using email   sharonlea29@hotmail.com


11th Annual Family History Festival "Not Far From the Tree"
October 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No pre-registration required, Free*
Hosted by the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research in the Friends auditorium of the Detroit Public Library. This year's speakers are Thomas MacEntee (presenting The Genealogy-Do-Over, and The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists) and Dr. Deborah A. Abbott (presenting Researching Funeral Home Records: Looking for the Dead, and Breaking the Break Wall: Researching in Blank and White.)

Though the festival is free, if you desire a prepared lunch there is a cost and it must be pre-ordered. (see FHF flyer for details). The Burton Historical Collection will be open for research from 10 am - 6 pm. For more information:  http://www.dsgr.org/


2016 Annual Polish Genealogy Seminar
October 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-registration (online) required before October 1st, Costs
Hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, this year's speakers are Tim Firkowski (presenting Finding The Family:  Problems, Successes & Rewards, and Researching in Poland:  Problems and Successes) and Kamila Mazurek (presenting From Beggars to Kings, and Marriage Law in the Former Prussian Partition of Poland.)

Pre-registration is required before October 1st. Registration Cost: $65 per person which includes continental breakfast and Polish lunch. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. that day so everyone will be ready to start at 9 a.m. For more information, www.pgsm.org


Close Encounters of the Genealogical Kind: What All Good Genealogists Need to Know
November 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-registration required, Costs
Hosted by the Western Wayne County Genealogical Society, William J. Priest will make four presentations:
  • Genealogy Standards: What They Are and Why We Need Them!
  • Using Notes and Events to Their Greatest Potential!
  • Organizing Your Paper and/or Electronic Records
  • Planning a Successful Genealogy Research Trip
Door prizes will be awarded after each presentation and you must be present to win. Pre-registration is required. Registration Cost: $20 before October 22; or $30 after October 22. A Box Lunch is an additional $10. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. that day so everyone will be ready to start at 10 a.m. For more information, http://www.wwcgs.org/


Please note this is not a complete list, these are a just a few that we have highlighted.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sat., Sept. 17 is Bag Day — Shop the Used Book Sale at Mt Clemens Public Library

2016 Used Book Sale
It is the last day of the Mount Clemens Public Library's Used Book Sale. The sale is open Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it is Bag Day!

We are now selling books at $5 per Bag. We are also having a Bag Day Special ... Buy Four Bags ($20) and Take ALL the books you want.

2016 Used Book Sale
We hope you will make some time to come shop.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Got Irish Ancestors? Plan to Research at FindMyPast.co.uk over the Next Four Days

FindMyPast has made all 111 million of its Irish records free for the next four days, Sept. 15 - 18. Access ends at midnight in the UK which is 8 p.m. Eastern Time for us.

Those of us in the United States should use the United Kingdom version of the FindMyPast website to take part in the free access where there is a dedicated search page for this free access period.

During this free access time period, you will need to sign-in to either your subscription account or free account. If you do not have a free account at FindMyPast already, simply create one. (A free account is not the same as a free trial subscription so do not click on the link to sign up for a free trial subscription.) The simplest way to create a free account is to do a search, click to view a result image and the website will ask you to sign into your account or create a free account.


Have fun searching. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tonight: 2016 Used Book Sale at MCPL, Preview Night Tonight with $10 Admission

2016 Used Book Sale
We've been busy the last couple days and now we are ready. The 2016 Used Book Sale at Mount Clemens Public Library begins tonight with Preview Night. There is a $10 admission fee per person to shop the books early tonight, Sept. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Room downstairs.

2016 Used Book Sale
And yes, thanks to all who donated these past several months, the library's elevator is working!

The sale, continues Thursday through Saturday, is hosted by the Macomb County Genealogy Group and this year will benefit the programs at the library.

Used Book Sale Days and Hours are: 

September 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the Preview Event. Preview Event Admission is $10 per person. Shop the sale early for the best selection. 

September 15, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. is Day One of the Sale. 

September 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Day Two of the Sale. 

September 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Last Day of the Sale. 


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Congratulations Mount Clemens Public Library, Macomb Cable Network on Winning 2016 State History Award (Media)

Congratulations, to our favorite library Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb Cable Network for winning the 2016 State History Award (media category) for their jointly-created local history video series, A Minute of Your Time.

Read more at the Mount Clemens Public Library's blog on the library's website.

See You Soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, September 5, 2016

Remember this Month's Wednesday's Let's Talk...Genealogy is THIS WEEK!

Just a Reminder:
This Wednesday, September 7*, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. We kick off our 12th year with the discussion topic of the night ... Where Do I Go From Here?

Bring your research questions, brick walls, or new finds to share with the group. We'll give everyone a turn.

*Please note:  this month's meeting is being held the first Wednesday of the month because the Mount Clemens Public Library's Used Book Sale (which MCGG is running) starts the night we would normally meet. We apologize for the inconvenience but we can not be in two places at one time.

New attendees are always welcome. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

It's Getting Closer ... The Used Book Sale at Mt. Clemens Library is Sept. 14-17

Get your book donations in before September 9th!

It is almost that time again ... the Mount Clemens Public Library's Used Book Sale. Again, hosted by the Macomb County Genealogy Group.

We have had a few very-dedicated volunteers sorting all year round to get us ready for this event. So if you have been thinking of donating some books, this is your last chance.

Used Book Sale Days and Hours are: 

September 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the Preview Event. Preview Event Admission is $10 per person. Shop the sale early for the best selection. 

September 15, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. is Day One of the Sale. 

September 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Day Two of the Sale. 

September 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Last Day of the Sale. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE